DYCSoccer17 (3498) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 24, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 ounce bottle purchased from the Davis Food Co-Op. Aroma is very pleasant. Moderately sweet, chocolate malty aromas present with some light floral spicy hoppy notes. A bit of brown sugar is also in there as well. Mmmm, smells good. Mostly transparent dark amber/light mahogany body with a rather frothy light tan head. Very attractive. Lightly sweet malty start, which quickly becomes quite cigar tobacco-like in terms of flavor. This then becomes quite creamy with a leathery, roasted, and toasted maltiness later. Some mild coffee flavors are also present with a small amount of floral hops late. I’ll tell you what, this is the benchmark of amber ales. This is what any brewer should strive for. Unfortunately, too many brewers mail in their amber ales for shit. This is dope.
pinkzambia (1694) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 9, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Clear amber color with a small off-white head. Roasted malt aroma of light chocolate and mellow coffee notes. The flavor is iced coffee with a bit of sweetener, but the kind where you can taste the grounds. It makes this a not too sweet amber ale and closer to a porter. Not bad. Thanks Jordan.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - MAR 27, 2007
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle from Marcus. Clear amber with a small off-white head. The aroma is sweet with lots of caramel, toffee and tea, some citrus in the back. The flavor is all tea and astringent caramel. Medium/light body is thin and lifeless.
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - MAR 27, 2007
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2007 Clear amber pour with nice orange and yellow outlying hues. Thin but sturdy cream colored head, easily roused up. Looks quite oily on top, looks very tasty. Pleasant malty aroma. Light hops present do not deride from a soft and sweet bready malt approach. Light to medium intensity notes of cinnamon, leather and a smack of potpourri round out what seems to be a well constructed aroma. Flavor has signifigant hop bitterness. Somewhat spicy malts and perhaps an inadvertant spice level; tastes Autumnal. Toffee readily discernable keeps this from spinning wildly out of control and ties in nicely with the malt. Finishes moderately dry, light, with an accentuation on the malt backbone that keeps this quaffable, despite bold shortcomings in the flavor. Palate is unorganized, light-to-medium in body, syrupy, static. Quite a nice amber until mid-mouthfeel. I would like to revisit this.
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - MAR 26, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Courtesy aspidites and stoutlover72. Clear amber and a small, off white cap. Nose of toasty, bicuity malt and some crisp, lightly sharp hops. Similar flavor with some cocoa powder. Tastes English. Medium/light body, balanced. Very drinkable.
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - MAR 25, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Hop nose tells me it’s a Drake’s brew. Malty, coffee, toffee, caramel punch initially. Dark chocolate and hop bitterness in the finish.
barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz’er from Saarlander. pours a slightly hazy amber with a creamy smooth off white head and nice lacing. a pleasant session type brew with aroma and flavors of mild caramel, toffee and just enough hop bitterness to tie it all together. nicely done.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAR 3, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle, courtesy of Naven (?). Thanks, Dave! Pours a milky, brownish-yellow appearance; off-white head with good lacing. Wet malts and nougat in the aroma. Medium-to-full, sweet mouthfeel: caramel and nougat, with hints of milk chocolate. Medium, roasted malt and citrus finish.
Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - FEB 28, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Body is a brown ruby with a nice cream colored head. Aroma is caramel, floral, and almost like a soapy irish spring aroma. Tase is like a brown, caramel, nutty, like espresso, but with the same maltiness of a amber. More like a fusion beer.
chadje (194) - California, USA - FEB 27, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 24, 2007 A pretty dark amber ale, darker than most. Has a smilir taste to Fat Tire, but I prefer this one a little more. Has nice roasted flavor to it.